John Messner, PhD

John Messner, PhD.

Charles and Elinor Matts Professor of Architectural Engineering, Penn State & Chair, NIBS BIM Council

Dr. Messner is the Director of the Computer Integrated Construction (CIC) Research Program and the Charles and Elinor Matts Professor of Architectural Engineering at Penn State. He is also the current Chair of the Board of Direction for the NIBS BIM Council.  His research focuses on Building Information Modeling (BIM), immersive technologies, and lean process transformation. Dr. Messner led the development of the BIM Project Execution Planning Guide and the BIM Planning Guide for Facility Owners Guide, both incorporated into the US National BIM Standard, along with the Lean Deployment Planning Guide sponsored by the Lean Construction Institute. Dr. Messner was a Task Lead for the Building Energy Informatics task in the Consortium for Building Energy Innovation (CBEI). He has received several National Science Foundation grants for investigating the application of advanced visualization in construction engineering education and the AEC Industry.   As a part of these grants, two Immersive Construction (ICon) Labs were developed, which are large, 3 screen immersive display systems for visualizing design and construction information. He previously worked as a project manager on various construction projects for a large general contractor and an infrastructure development company. He has taught courses in virtual prototyping, BIM, strategic management in construction, international construction, and project management at Penn State.